General Secretary, Association of Teachers and Lecturers
Dr Mary Bousted is general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL). Mary represents the interests of her members to the government, and to a wide variety of other stakeholders. As the education union, ATL leads the debate on key educational issues with strong policy positions on, for example, assessment and curriculum changes; school accountability and school structures.
Mary contributes regular articles for newspapers and education journals, and appears frequently on national media. She sits on the executive committee of the Trades Union Congress (TUC). Mary is also an accomplished public speaker, taking part, last year, in a debate at the Oxford Union.
Mary previously worked in higher education at York University, Edge Hill University and at Kingston University where she was Head of the School of Education. Prior to this Mary was a Head of English, and English teacher in comprehensive schools in North London.